Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT CASES IS SINOMARIN USED FOR?

Sinomarin products are 100% natural based on a hypertonic sea water solution (2.3% salt concentration and rich in mineral salts & trace elements). They are ideal for the natural relief of nasal congestion (from e.g. common cold, hay fever, pollution, etc). Sinomarin products cleanse the nasal cavities washing away excess mucus, allergens, infectious agents, pollutants and other impurities, helping to protect from nasal infections and further ear-nose-throat complications. They can be used regularly to maintain good nasal health (see each individual product for more details). They can also be used alone or in combination with medicated treatments.

WHY DO SINOMARIN PRODUCTS HAVE A SPECIFIC 2.3% SALT SOLUTION?

Pure sea water has a concentration of sea salt between 3.1% and 3.8%. Although it is very effective in relieving congestion and restoring nasal breathing and function, it is irritating to the nose and unpleasant to use. 2.3% salt solution (NaCl) is the optimum concentration making the products both highly effective and comfortable to use, while maintaining significant concentrations of mineral salts and trace elements. Launched as the first ever hypertonic sea water product for nasal care 20 years ago, Sinomarin’s nasal salt solution was held a patent for 20 years.

WHY SHOULD I USE A HYPERTONIC SOLUTION INSTEAD OF AN ISOTONIC SOLUTION?

Isotonic solutions are suitable for nasal cleansing but they cannot function as decongestants; this is because they have the same salt concentration with the nasal tissues (0.9% NaCl). Hypertonic solutions have a greater salt concentration than the nasal tissues; in addition to nasal cleansing, they work to relieve nasal congestion via the natural mechanism of osmosis. When the nose is blocked, the higher salt concentration helps draw-out the excess water from the swollen nasal tissues, relieving congestion and restoring nasal breathing, naturally.

Being hypertonic, Sinomarin relieves nasal congestion by drawing-out excess water from the swollen nasal tissues, restoring nasal breathing naturally. Furthermore, Sinomarin thins nasal mucus making it easier to eliminate and helps restore the natural function of the nasal tissues. The efficacy and superiority of hypertonic solutions has been well-documented clinically.

WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN SINOMARIN?

All Sinomarin products are composed of sea water at a concentration 2.3% NaCl (70% sea water: 30% purified water) i.e. are hypertonic. Sinomarin products are therefore rich in the sea’s naturally abundant minerals salts and trace elements. A number of products are enriched with additional, all-natural ingredients for enhanced action such as sea algae extracts. Sinomarin products are 100% natural, free from drug substances, additives and preservatives.

IS SINOMARIN/HYPERTONIC SOLUTION SAFE FOR MY BABY?

Sinomarin is the only 100% natural, safe and effective solution to relieve your baby’s nasal congestion and thin viscous mucus so it is eliminated easily. It may help you avoid the use of medicated decongestants and may help prevent secondary infections such as otitis from developing. You can also use it regularly to clear and cleanse your baby’s nose and keep it healthy. (see individual product for age limits).

CAN I USE SINOMARIN DURING PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING?

Sinomarin products are 100% natural, free of preservatives, drug substances and additives, and can safely be used in these cases*.

*except for Sinomarin Cold & Flu Relief products due to the presence of eucalyptus & thyme.

CAN SINOMARIN PRODUCTS BE USED TOGETHER WITH MEDICATED TREATMENTS?

All Sinomarin products can be used together with medicated treatments (e.g. local decongestants, corticosteroids, antihistamines) to help improve the overall treatment efficacy. Please consult your healthcare professional.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF SINOMARIN?

There are no side effects linked with Sinomarin such as nasal dryness, drowsiness, habit formation or rebound effect.

After 20 years in the market and millions of products sold, there has not been a single serious incident reported to regulatory authorities for the product. The safety profile is also supported by specific clinical trials.

I HEARD HYPERTONIC SOLUTIONS DRY THE NASAL TISSUES?

It is a common misconception that hypertonic solutions dry the nose due to the presence of salt. In reality, the water that is drawn-out of the swollen nasal tissues (osmosis mechanism) acts to hydrate the surface of the nasal tissues.

WHO CAN USE SINOMARIN PRODUCTS?

All Sinomarin products are 100% natural, free from drug substances, additives and preservatives making them safe & suitable for everyone, including babies, pregnant & breastfeeding women and anyone for whom medicated decongestants are contraindicated**.

**Sinomarin Cold & Flu Relief and Sinomarin Plus Algae Cold & Flu Relief are not indicated for use during pregnancy & breastfeeding. Please read the instructions provided for each separate product for age limits and possible contraindications.

WHERE DOES THE SEA WATER USED IN SINOMARIN COME FROM?

The sea water used in all Sinomarin products comes from the Bay of Cancale, at the French coast of Brittany. The area is renowned for its exceptional tidal range of over 15 meters and strong currents. The sea water is continuously renewed and enriched, is free of any contaminants and is as a result of outstanding quality. To secure its quality, the area is closely monitored by local official control authorities.

CAN WE USE THE SAME SINOMARIN BOTTLE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY?

It is not recommended to use the same bottle for more than one person due to risk of cross-infection. It is neither sensible to use the same bottle with a different nozzle for the same reason.

HOW ARE SINOMARIN PRODUCTS CLASSIFIED?

Sinomarin products are CE marked Medical Devices conforming to the requirements of Directive 93/42 of the European Union.